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    Linux Mint

    Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and...

    Free Open Source Linux

    • Linux mint support default closed software eg. flash player Guest • Dec 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • faster, more responsive and less heavy on resources Guest • Dec 2016 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I started at GNU/Linux world by Ubuntu, but I suffered too much to do simple things. Then I gave a try to Mint and my life is so much easier! marriemullerApr 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy to use, nice look and feel, do great out of box except some non-free drivers and multimedia codecs... yugalsalujaJul 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Linux mint is literally based off the Ubuntu OS. The only significant different is its skin gives it a more windows-y feel Guest • Jun 2016 • 2 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Debian

    Debian is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. It is distributed with access to repositories containing thousands of software packages ready for...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

    • Debian is not easier as Ubuntu. Linux Mint or openSUSE are better choices than Debian, to replace Ubuntu. Guest • Dec 2016 • 5 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu and it's derivatives (Mint, Kubuntu, KDE Neon, ElementaryOS, Xubuntu, Lubuntu) are all based on Debian. All are compatible with .deb software packages. All are easier than Ubuntu to setup. But Debian has a greater loyalty to the ideals of free and open source software. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Debian is actually mostly like Ubuntu. In fact, Ubuntu is based off Debian. I think other distros like Fedora are literal alternatives to it. SriramaKumarMay 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Arch Linux

    Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package...

    Free Open Source Linux

    • Arch is not a distro for Linux beginners: you really have to know what you're doing to set it up and keep it ticking over. Ubuntu is beginner friendly. However, check out Manjaro - that's Arch-based but done in a user friendly way that's maybe even friendlier than Ubuntu. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 5 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is simple and light, and doesn't have any of the problems that Ubuntu has, and that all *buntus have as well. Also it uses pacman. Guest • Jun 2017 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    elementary OS

    elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .

    Free Open Source Linux

    • Elementary and Ubuntu are Debian-based Linux distros. Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu. Different UIs (Elementary uses Pantheon, Ubuntu uses Unity). If it work on Ubuntu, it will work on Elementary. But Elementary are a team of designers and lag behind in terms of security. It's also oversimplistic for anyone but complete beginners in Linux. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Delivers a beautiful graphical interface. Offers basic apps to play your music, videos and view pictures, designed around 'Less is more'. However, it is still based on Ubuntu, and so it can do the same things. Need advanced functionality? whip out the terminal and install any package supported by Ubuntu. Guest • Mar 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Xubuntu

    Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.

    Free Open Source Linux Self-Hosted Debian

    • Xubuntu is Ubuntu in almost every way. The difference is that instead of Ubuntu's Unity desktop, you get the XFCE desktop, which - in my opinion - is much better. But it's certainly faster on older/slower computers. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    openSUSE

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose...

    Free Open Source Linux

  • FreeBSD icon

    FreeBSD

    FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including Pentium® and Athlon™), amd64 compatible (including Opteron™, Athlon™64, and EM64T), ARM...

    Free Open Source BSD Self-Hosted

  • Lubuntu icon

    Lubuntu

    Lubuntu is a faster, more lightweight and energy saving variant of Ubuntu using LXDE, the lightweight X11 Desktop Environment.

    Free Open Source Linux

    • Lubuntu is Ubuntu, but instead of Canonical's Unity desktop environment it comes with LXDE, which is simpler and ligher on resources and therefore more suitable for older/slower computers. That's it. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Kubuntu

    Linux operating system distribution derived from Ubuntu but with KDE environment.

    Free Open Source Linux

    • Kubuntu is simply Ubuntu with the KDE Plasma desktop environment instead of Unity. KDE Plasma is a very well thought-through, modern and highly configurable desktop environment that beats Windows 10 and OSX hands down. Note: KDE Plasma (and hence Kubuntu) might not run smoothly on quite old/slow computers. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • All Ubuntu-like, with the AWESOME K Desktop Enviroment Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Gentoo

    Gentoo Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux and FreeBSD distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Gentoo...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD FreeBSD

  • CentOS icon

    CentOS

    CentOS is a community-supported, free and open source operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It exists to provide a free enterprise class computing platform...

    Free Open Source Linux

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Ubuntu Comments

12.04... rock solid?

Comment by wormwood
about Ubuntu · Sep 2012 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful

I like Ubuntu, really really like it, but each install I have lots of problems. Touchpad works fine for a couple of minutes, then it freezes. ctr+alt+f1 and ctrl+alt+f7 so it can work again. Lots of workarounds for a simple touchpad to work. When rebooting, after some driver updates and other stuff it requests (nvidia, libraries, gnu+whatever) it freezes before it is supposed to load the cursor, and screen keeps purple forever. Then, in recovery mode, it just runs a series of numbers every 30 seconds and stays like that. When I reinstall, same thing again. So I'm back to my old WinXP, waiting for the next release, and see if they fix anything so I can install it and work nicely with my lenovo t410.

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Comment by thelivingded
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful

Absolutely a great GNU/Linux distribution, especially for newbies. Everything "just works", exactly the way you want it to.

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Comment by Guest
about Ubuntu · Jul 2017 ·

Ease of use: Very easy to install, easy to use, wonderful community.

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Comment by thebadwolf
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

I think that the Mac OS X is the best alternative... but Ubuntu being free is my number one choice. Absolutely in love with Ubuntu.

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Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Have you tried SuperOS or LinuxMint? (I like SuperOS more) and have they also had the crashing problem that you mention? Just for comparison, because that is mostly what I have used. I rarely if ever use flat Ubuntu. For portability on my USB sticks I use Slitaz or Austrumi, but haven't had a problem with either of them.

I actually can find repositories that have all of the programs I use. So I dont usually need to compile them, but there are a few games and programs that I have compiled because there is no other way to get them installed. (at least not with the latest version) and How you talked about the single click RPM creation, there are a few programs that do that for DEBs as well. (i think its like debreate and a few others) but I personnaly have not tried them yet.

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Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

For the Screen dimming. On my Gateway laptop I have never had that happen, but on a friend of mines HP it does, but that was with an older version of Ubuntu the newer ones didnt do that.

All in all, glad that you found a linux OS that you like though. Thats one nice thing about there being so many Distros. I have only minimally tried OpenSUSE, maybe one of these days I can spend more time testing it, and see how it is. One reason why I stuck with Ubuntu based is because I do a lot of studio work, and I like PureDyne and Ubuntu Studio, because they have the real-time kernels and other optimizations, and pre-configurations that help me quickly do what I need to do. Is there a OpenSUSE based derivative that is similar to those studio based versions that you know of?

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Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Oh did I say bug? The most annoying bug that I hate in Ubuntu is screen brightness auto configuration. every time I turn on the machine the screen brightness automatically becomes dim, and I have to adjust it.
Did you say report bugs? I can't even remember how many times I have reported a bug or tried to report a bug and found out it has been reported by many many others! now this is not something bad, it is actually good. it means that the system is getting better! But when I found a bug has been reported a long time ago many times but it has not been fixed yet I find this really disappointing.

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Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

by short updates I don't mean updates that are small! what I mean is shortage of efficient updates and most importantly shortage of update support! 18 month of support couldn't be that bad, but when there you are stuck with an old system and annoying bugs, the only option is to upgrade. But if users are going to upgrade in, then there should be a safe rout to do so. I mys self had the bad experience of upgrading and losing data, although I was prepared and had a backup plan, and I turned the loss of data just to a loss of time. but still this is not a very convenient way to be up to date.
Exactly! Beta ware! and it is the nature of Debian based systems. If Ubuntu was RPM based, probably it would have been more stable. But that is what Ubuntu is and there is nothing to do about it.

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Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

About compiling, you as a Linux user should know that it is very important to build the software from source, specially when there are no binaries available. I personally compile most applications, because then I get a good application which is totally compatible with my system structure. Linux users who compile applications know what I am talking about, when it comes to Debain in general. In Ubuntu I can only compile half of the applications successfully unlike OpenSUSE, that I can easily compile almost anything. you will be surprised to hear that I have even compiled some Windows applications under SUSE, and they have worked. It is truly powerful. Besides there is a powerful RPM building package that I can use to build single click RPM packages to share the applications I like with my friends. Debian packaging system is a joke, and can not be compared to RPM.

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Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

By the way, at the moment that I'm writing this post, I'm still testing Ubuntu.
Nothing special about this, but just to let you know.

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Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

and again here is the rest that was cutoff::

There is a long list of Do's and Dont's for all of the OS's. I find Ubuntu to be the most stable and secure OS that I have used. I can configure it easier and in more ways than I ever could in Windows. I have used Windows for about 18 years and various distributions of Ubuntu for about 3 years. I have not used a Mac that much but, I don't like that Macs are only legally installed on a mac system. So I don't use Macs. I have a Gateway FX laptop currently and Prefer its configuration over most Macs.

So besides blunt comments what experience have you had with ubuntu?

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Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Hmm my comment was cutoff: here is the rest::

Ubuntu by itself does not come with much. Its exactly like if you get the Windows Vista install disk or maybe even the Windows 7 install disk. The normal install disk is a 'bare-bone' install with very little drivers or anything. So that you can configure it how you like.

(For the Windows Vista install disk, I am speaking from when I got my laptop it came installed with a fully configured Windows Vista but I did not make a restore disk. When Windows majorly crashed on me and I lost all of my data, I tried reinstalling it from the Install disk that it came with and it was bare-bone with None of the nice configurations that it had when it was pre-installed. Ubuntu in my experience is the same way it is bare-bone so that you can make to what you want but that takes a lot of time. So I just get the pre-configured Ubuntus instead.)

So if you get SuperOS or other pre-configured versions they will probably work better for you out of the box, because most of them include the drivers and software people use on an everyday basis, and would take less time to configure to your liking.

Don't get me wrong Ubuntu has its problems just as Windows and Mac do. No OS is going to be "Perfect." Windows does well at recognizing monitors and scaling them to fit the display really well. Ubuntu does not do that easily yet.
(in my experience) Ubuntu can run games faster than Windows (if you get it installed).

There is a long list of Do's and Dont's for all of the OS's. I find Ubuntu to be the most stable and secure OS that I

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Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Short Updates! Forget about stability! Crawl in beta ware! A hell for compilers! Bug Heaven!
My opinion: ===> Ubuntu is really a BAD JOKE!

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Comment by UncleNinja
about Ubuntu · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Tried this out on a http://pendrivelinux.com drive and fell in love with it. I've since installed it and I'm loving it. Especially the terminal, which has more power than Chuck Norris.

Farewell, Windows! :D

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